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Term 1 Newsletter 2019

DATE: 12th October 2019

We hope that you all have had a lovely summer holiday and that the children are looking forward to coming back to Playgroup on Monday.   We are looking forward to getting to know all of the new children and their families and seeing all of the familiar faces back again.

Our Committee chairs Claire and Liz will be in touch with you all to tell you about the important role the Committee plays in the running of the Playgroup and how you can get involved.  We could not operate without a Committee so please consider how you could help out.  

We also have a parent volunteer rota which you can sign up to, to come and spend the session with your child at Playgroup.  This really does make all the difference to us. As well as being able to share in your child’s learning we really appreciate the help an extra pair of hands gives us.  Please could we ask you all to sign up for a session to help again this coming term.  The parent helper rota will be up on the door so please book yourselves in for a slot.  We would be grateful for parents of children who are already at playgroup to help out by signing up to help out in the first few weeks whilst we have new children settling in. 

 Key person

A new Key Person list will be on display on the planning board in the hall.  If your child is new please check the list to find out who your child’s key person is.  If your child was with us last year their Key Person may also have changed so please check the board as well.  We have information to give out to new parents (and existing if you would like) on the role of the Key Person.  Please see Lisa, for this information.

We also have an All About Me document for new parents to fill in about their child.  If you have not already been given one then please can you collect one from us on your child’s first day.  Can new parents/carers please bring in the registration form you have been sent with you on your child’s first day if you have not already sent it back to us.  This is really important as it contains information we need to know about your child and you will not be able to leave them with us if we don’t have it.  Thank you.

Learning Journeys

Each child has their own Learning Journey which is kept in their own drawer at the front of the hall.  Please feel free to look at these at any time, although at drop off is better than at pick up if possible, or a day when you are the parent volunteer is even better.   For those of you who are unaware we keep records of your child’s development in the form of observations, photographs and any work they have done in their books as well as the development records we do three times a year.  Please could we ask you to bring in any home learning that your child has done for us to put in their book.  This gives us a bigger picture of your child’s development as they may be doing things at home they do not show us at playgroup.

Wow notes are also there to be filled in (kept on the table in the lobby) for anything special your child has done. These will be shared at carpet time and then added to your child’s learning journal.

Funding

The Government provides a free entitlement for all 3 and 4 year olds to attend an early years provider, starting the term after their 3rd birthday.  Children are entitled to 15 hours free childcare.  If your child is now eligible to receive their funded hours (that is, if their 3rd birthday fell between 1st April and 31st August) then you will need to fill in a form (I have them all ready).  Children from families with working parents/carers are now eligible to claim up to 30 hours funding if you meet certain criteria.   I have attached the information about the 30 hours offer with this newsletter.  Any questions about it please ask me.   If your child attends more than one setting you are able to choose what hours you claim in each setting. This can be stated on the form.  I do need to see their birth certificate before I can send the forms off so if you could bring that in with you on your child’s first day then that would be very helpful.  If your child is already receiving their funding then all I need from you is a signature to confirm their hours on a different form.   It is important that we have all the forms filled out as soon as possible into the new term so funding is not delayed.  If your child is not yet eligible for their funding then you will receive a bill for the hours they attend from our new Treasurer Louisa.  Prompt payment of bills is very important and helps her a lot!

I have also attached with this email information about the Early Years Pupil Premium.  If you think that your child may qualify for this then please let me know.

Topics

We will be concentrating in the first term on settling in and getting the children used to our daily routine.  Returning children may also need help remembering the routine of the day and the rules of playgroup that they all helped to put together last year.  We will be reminding ourselves of these in the first weeks back.  We will also be learning all about the new children and their families and looking at the changing season.

Our topics this term will be:

09th– 27th September               Settling in

30th September-27th October       Autumn

Pre School groups.  The more focused activities we do with our pre-schoolers will begin in Term 2.  

Changing weather

Please could you ensure that you send your child in with suitable clothing for the changing weather, particularly a rain jacket/coat for outdoor play.  We try to go out in all weathers (almost) so a pair of named wellington boots that could be brought in each session (or even better left at playgroup) is essential.   Please can we also ask you to bring a bag with a change of clothes in for your child incase of accidents or if they get wet outside or playing with the water play etc.

Snack

We are continuing with our rolling snack system so please can children bring a piece of fruit/vegetable to share for snack in the morning.  The children really enjoyed the variety of fruits and vegetables that were bought in last year and it would be great to see this continue.  This, of course, will continue to be supplemented with healthy carbohydrate options and milk or water provided by playgroup.  For those who are staying for lunch we would encourage a healthy packed lunch box.  Please can we have no chocolate bars or sweets in the children’s lunches.  Please also be aware that we are now a nut free setting.

Drop off and pick up

Drop off

When you drop your child off in the morning the front door will be locked for safeguarding purposes.  Please can we ask you to ring the bell when you arrive and a staff member will let you in.  Only staff members are to lock and unlock the front door.  When you are ready to leave please can you let a member of staff know so that they can come and let you out and then lock the door after you.  Can we ask that you do not let yourself out as the door must be locked after you, and also that parents do not let other parents in and out as staff members are responsible for making sure the door is always locked.

When you drop off in the morning please note that if your child is down to start at 9 o clock we will not be able to let you into the main hall until this time.  You are welcome to come in and wait in the lobby with your child until this time but we cannot let you into the main hall.

Pick up

At pick up time we will have all the children on the carpet in the main hall ready to go home.  We do not allow parents/carers to come into the main hall at this busy time of the day for safeguarding reasons so you must wait in the lobby for your child to be handed over.  A staff member will be at the inner door to hand your children over to you so please can we ask you to wait in the lobby and not try to come into the main hall as this helps with a smoother handover.  Obviously if you wish to speak to a member of staff at this time of day then please mention this to the staff member on the door and after all the children have been handed over we will be free to speak.

Prompt pick up

When you are collecting your child from Playgroup please can we ask you to be respectful of other users who may be in the hall at the same time as us.  On a Tuesday there is a bridge club in the side room.  We would be grateful if you could collect your child quietly and promptly so as not to disturb them.  There are also other groups who are waiting on some days to come into the hall directly after us so prompt pick up is really important.

Parking

The church has kindly allowed us to continue to park in the car park next door but this is only for drop off and pick up.  We are unable to leave cars there during the session.  Can we please ask everybody to be especially careful when driving into and out of the carpark as well as watching your children when cars are moving as the space is small and there is not a lot of room to move around.  Please also be aware of the white posts they have put in to stop cars driving on the grass.

Show and Tell

Last year we introduced a show and tell bag that we send home in turn with the children so that they can bring something in from home to share at carpet time if they would like to.  Toys from home bought in all the time can be a distraction from your child’s enjoyment of being at playgroup.  Last year we introduced the show and tell bag so that all children in turn have the opportunity to share something with their friends at carpet time. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Of course if your child needs a settling toy or blanket they can bring these in and they can be kept in their bag or drawer where we can find them if needed.   

Thank you for your patience and your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you all next week.

Lisa, Emma, Cara and Harrietxx xx


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Term 5 Newsletter

DATE: 26th April 2019

We hope that you have all enjoyed a restful couple of weeks and that the children are looking forward to coming back to playgroup.  We welcome a number of new children to Playgroup this term and are looking forward to getting to know them and their families.  Just to remind you this term has two bank holidays on Monday 22nd April and Monday 6th May.  Playgroup will be shut on these days and term 5 will begin on Tuesday 23rd April.

Topics

The topics we are going to be following this term are

Mini Beasts and Growing.

We have completed the latest summative assessment forms for your children.  These assessments will be put in their in their learning journeys along with up to date observations and photos so please feel free to come and have a look and if you feel you would like time to talk to us about your child’s development then please ask and we can find an appropriate time to do so.  We want to continue to share information about your child with any other setting they attend so if your child goes to another early years setting we can give you a copy to pass onto them.

If your child’s funding is due to begin in term 5, that is, if their 3rd birthday fell between 1st January 2018 and 31st March 2019, you will need to fill in a form to claim the funding.  Before I can sign and send off the forms I need to see their birth certificate so please can you bring this in with you the first week back if you are intended to claim the funding.  Any delays will mean the funding will be delayed so this is really important.  If your child is already in receipt of their funding I simply need a signature from you to confirm their hours.  If you are planning to claim the 30 hour offer please be aware you should by now have applied for your code.  The deadline was the end of March so please can you let me know the code you have been given along with the national insurance number of the person who applied for it so that I can validate it for you.  You cannot claim the 30 hours unless I have done this.

Please sign up to the parent/carer volunteer list on the door.  This was mostly empty last term and it is a great help to us to have another pair of hands and really nice for your children to be able to share what they get up to at playgroup with you all.  As I have mentioned before we are a charity and do not have a big staff team therefore we rely on parent helpers to come in and be an extra pair of hands to help out especially at tidy up time and over lunch.

Additional Charges

As you are all hopefully aware Playgroup is a charity and the level of funding that we receive for 3 and 4 year old children is not sufficient anymore to cover our running costs for staff salaries, village hall hire, insurance and supplies such as craft materials and printer ink, outdoor equipment and other important learning resources.  In order to maintain the high level of care and learning that playgroup provides for your children we are now asking parents to make a donation of 60 pence per funded session, for example if your child attends 3 fully funded sessions per week on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday then we are asking for a donation of £8.40 per week during term time.  This is a voluntary donation and we will not be chasing payment.

We strongly believe that the Playgroup is an important asset to Bathampton and to the wider community, in preparing children for school and laying strong foundations for learning.  Making a financial contribution to the playgroup will help us to continue to serve the community now and into the future.

Other pre schools and playgroups in the area are also asking for similar contributions and indeed, if your child attends another setting then you may already be familiar with the practice. We feel this has been a necessary step for Bathampton Playgroup to take and appreciate your understanding and kind contributions.

New Committee Members to take over in September 2018

Unfortunately some of our current Committee members will be moving on at the end of this academic year as their children move onto school.  We are therefore in need of some new members to step up to the challenge.  Please come and speak to staff or to the current Committee members to find out what is involved and how you can help.  Please be aware that as we are a Charity we cannot continue to run without a Committee.

Practical clothes

Please can you make sure that your child comes into Playgroup wearing practical clothing that they can easily move around in and they don’t mind getting wet or dirty.  A bag with a change of clothes is also essential so that the children have something to change into if necessary.  Can we remind you all also not to send your children in with toys from home.  We welcome toys as part the show and tell when it is your child’s turn to take the bag home to bring something in from home to share with the group and of course if your child needs a toy as a comforter that is fine.  These can be kept in their bag or drawer where we can easily find them if necessary but please be aware that toys bought from home cause a lot of issues with sharing and are a distraction from children taking part in the activities we plan for them.  

Children starting school in September

We will be carrying on with our special learning sessions for our pre-school children to help prepare them for starting school. These are short sessions and focus on letters and sounds involving stories, singing, rhymes and games.  We also practice things like putting on shoes and coats and lining up.

We are also continuing with our rolling snack system so please can children bring a piece of fruit to share for snack in the morning. This will continue to be supplemented with healthy carbohydrate options provided by playgroup. 

Please may I remind you all about the importance of a prompt and quiet pick up.  There are groups that come in directly after us on some days and we share the building on a Tuesday afternoon so it is important that pick up takes place promptly and quietly.  Please may we ask if you would like to chat with other parents that you do it outside of the building not in the lobby as this can disturb other users.  Thank you for your support in this.  If you are late in picking up your child a late fee will be charged.  This is to cover the staff costs of staying with your child.  Please see our terms and conditions about this. “A fee of £5 per half hour will be charged to any parents/carers who collect their child more than 10 minutes late of their session time.  This will be collected by the Playgroup Leader on the day or invoiced and payment required within one week”.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you all this week.

Lisa, Emma, Cara and Harriet xxxxx


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Term 4 Newsletter

DATE: 25th February 2019

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term week and we look forward to seeing you all this coming week to start term 4.  Please be aware we have altered our term dates to be in line with the local schools and will now break up for Easter on 5th April. 

As always we are really pleased about the time you gave up last term to come and be a parent helper.  As well as being able to share in your child’s learning we really appreciate the help an extra pair of hands gives us.  Please could we ask you all to sign up to help again this coming term. The parent helper rota will be up on the door so please book yourselves in for a slot.   We really cannot emphasize enough the difference it makes to us having that extra pair of hands to get stuck into helping out, doing the washing up and helping with the tidying.

Drop off

Please can we ask you to be aware of the time your child is down to start Playgroup.  If they are due to come in at 9 o clock then please take note that we cannot let you into the hall before this time.  We only have two members of staff in from 8.30 to 9 o’clock so can only have a certain number of children in.  We need to wait for another staff member to come in and be settled before we let the rest of the children in at 9 o’clock.  We will keep the door to the hall locked until this time so please do not try to come in before then.  You will be able to come into the lobby to get sorted before this time. Can we also give a reminder also for parents/carers not to open the front door to other families arriving, or to let others out when they are leaving.  Opening and shutting the front door should only be done by staff members to ensure the door is locked at all times so please can you make sure when you are leaving that you ask a staff member to let you out.  Please do not leave without telling us as the door needs to be locked behind you. 

Now that the children are well accustomed to our morning routine we would like to make sure we begin our carpet time at 9.15, and that all being well with your child, parents and carers leave before this time in order for carpet time to start. If your child has any worries about you leaving, then you are of course welcome to join carpet time. For the children to feel fully listened to and settled it is of real benefit that staff are focused on the children after this time. If you are running late which is only natural with young children, staff will then be free to open the door again to any parents and carers running a little late, after the 5-10 minute carpet time.


Can I also give a reminder that if your child is poorly, or away for any other reason, you are expected to inform us of the absence.  You can do this either with a call or text to the playgroup phone (07716600269), or a message to the playgroup email (bathamptonplaygroup@yahoo.co.uk).  Thank you for your cooperation with these matters.  This is a safeguarding requirement and if your child is away and we have not heard from you we will contact you to see where you are and that everything is ok.

Learning Journeys and drawers

A reminder that each child has their own Learning Journey which is kept in their own drawer at the front of the hall.  Please feel free to look at these (a day when you are the volunteer is ideal) or please ask to take them home to share with the family.  For those of you who are unaware or new we keep records of your child’s development in the form of observations, photographs and any work they have done in their books as well as the development records we do three times a year.  Please could we ask you to bring in any home learning that your child has done for us to put in their book.  This gives us a bigger picture of your child’s development as they may be doing things at home they are not happy to show us at playgroup.

Wow notes are also there to be filled in (kept on the table in the lobby) for anything special your child has done. These will be shared in our circle time and then added to your child’s learning journal.

Topics

The topics we will be following this term will be Spring, Pancake Day and Easter and we will also be exploring a lot more with Music and Movement.  We would like to take the children out on a couple of spring walks but will let you know when this will happen nearer the time.

Pre School groups

The Children all enjoy their pre-school sessions and we will be carrying on with them this term.  These are more focused activities focusing on letters and sounds.  The children get a lot out of these sessions and it is nice for us to have group time with our key children.

The Children do need appropriate clothing for being outside.  Thank you to you all for sending in hats and gloves last term and can we ask that you continue to do so this term along with wellys if it gets cold again.  This makes such a difference to the enjoyment the children get being outside.  We do like to go out in all weathers (almost).  

Snack

We are continuing with our rolling snack system so please can children bring a piece of fruit or vegetable to share for snack in the morning. This will continue to be supplemented with healthy carbohydrate options and milk or water provided by playgroup.  For those who are staying for lunch we request a healthy packed lunch box, so please no chocolate bars or sweets.  Can we also put out a request that only water is put into water bottles you bring in.  No squash or juice thank you very much.

Fundraising

The Committee are planning a Pancake Day fundraiser on the 5th March 3.30 onwards and an Easter Biscuit Making event on Saturday 6th April.  Please watch this space for further details.

Parking

The church has kindly allowed us to continue to park in the car park next door this year but this is only for drop off and pick up.  We are unable to leave cars there during the session.  If you are going to the park after pick up you must not leave your car there.  It does not belong to us and is there for the church.  Can we also please ask everybody to be especially careful when driving into and out of the carpark as well as watching your children when cars are moving around as the space is small. 

Thank you for your patience and your continued support.  We look forward to

seeing you all this coming week.

Lisa, Emma, Cara and Harriet xxxxx


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Term 1 Newsletter

DATE: 14th September 2018

Bathampton Preschool Playgroup

Term 1 2018

We hope that you all have had a lovely summer holiday and that the children are looking forward to coming back to Playgroup on Monday.   We are looking forward to getting to know all of the new children and their families and seeing all of the familiar faces back again.

 

Our Committee chair Jake will be in touch with you all to tell you about the important role the Committee plays in the running of the Playgroup and how you can get involved.  We are currently in need of a new chairperson as Jake is moving on, having done an amazing job in this role over the last 2 years.  We could not operate without a Committee so please consider how you could help out.

We also have a parent volunteer rota which you can sign up to, to come and spend the session with your child at Playgroup.  This really does make all the difference to us. As well as being able to share in your child’s learning we really appreciate the help an extra pair of hands gives us.  Please could we ask you all to sign up for a session to help again this coming term.  The parent helper rota will be up on the door so please book yourselves in for a slot.  We would be grateful for parents of children who are already at playgroup to help out by signing up to help out in the first few weeks whilst we have new children settling in.

 

Key person

A new Key Person list will be on display on the planning board in the hall.  If your child is new please check the list to find out who your child’s key person is.  If your child was with us last year their Key Person may also have changed so please check the board as well.  We have information to give out to new parents (and existing if you would like) on the role of the Key Person.  Please see Lisa, for this information.

We also have an All About Me document for new parents to fill in about their child.  If you have not already been given one then please can you collect one from us on your child’s first day.  Can new parents/carers please bring in the registration form you have been sent with you on your child’s first day if you have not already sent it back to us.  This is really important as it contains information we need to know about your child and you will not be able to leave them with us if we don’t have it.  Thank you.

 

Learning Journeys

Each child has their own Learning Journey which is kept in their own drawer at the front of the hall.  Please feel free to look at these at any time, although at drop off is better than at pick up if possible, or a day when you are the parent volunteer is even better.   For those of you who are unaware we keep records of your child’s development in the form of observations, photographs and any work they have done in their books as well as the development records we do three times a year.  Please could we ask you to bring in any home learning that your child has done for us to put in their book.  This gives us a bigger picture of your child’s development as they may be doing things at home they do not show us at playgroup.

Wow notes are also there to be filled in (kept on the table in the lobby) for anything special your child has done. These will be shared at carpet time and then added to your child’s learning journal.

 

Funding

The Government provides a free entitlement for all 3 and 4 year olds to attend an early years provider, starting the term after their 3rd birthday.  Children are entitled to 15 hours free childcare.  If your child is now eligible to receive their funded hours (that is, if their 3rd birthday fell between 1st April and 31st August) then you will need to fill in a form (I have them all ready).  Children from families with working parents/carers are now eligible to claim up to 30 hours funding if you meet certain criteria.   I have attached the information about the 30 hours offer with this newsletter.  Any questions about it please ask me.   If your child attends more than one setting you are able to choose what hours you claim in each setting. This can be stated on the form.  I do need to see their birth certificate before I can send the forms off so if you could bring that in with you on your child’s first day then that would be very helpful.  If your child is already receiving their funding then all I need from you is a signature to confirm their hours on a different form.   It is important that we have all the forms filled out as soon as possible into the new term so funding is not delayed.  If your child is not yet eligible for their funding then you will receive a bill for the hours they attend from our new Treasurer Louisa.  Prompt payment of bills is very important and helps her a lot!

I have also attached with this email information about the Early Years Pupil Premium.  If you think that your child may qualify for this then please let me know.

 

Topics

We will be concentrating in the first term on settling in and getting the children used to our daily routine.  Returning children may also need help remembering the routine of the day and the rules of playgroup that they all helped to put together last year.  We will be reminding ourselves of these in the first weeks back.  We will also be learning all about the new children and their families and looking at the changing season.

 

Our topics this term will be:

10th– 28th September               Settling in

1st October-26th October           Autumn

 

Emma is currently studying for a level 3 forest school qualification and as part of her course she will be running 6 sessions at the Dry Arch.  We will walk there with the children for these sessions and they will need to wear wellies and long trousers or leggings or tights.  Details of the dates will follow once the children have settled in.

 

Pre School groups.  The more focused activities we do with our pre-schoolers and will begin in Term 2.

 

Changing weather

Please could you ensure that you send your child in with suitable clothing for the changing weather, particularly a rain jacket/coat for outdoor play.  We try to go out in all weathers (almost) so a pair of named wellington boots that could be brought in each session (or even better left at playgroup) is essential.

 

Snack

We are continuing with our rolling snack system so please can children bring a piece of fruit/vegetable to share for snack in the morning.  The children really enjoyed the variety of fruits and vegetables that were bought in last year and it would be great to see this continue.  This, of course, will continue to be supplemented with healthy carbohydrate options and milk or water provided by playgroup.  For those who are staying for lunch we would encourage a healthy packed lunch box.  Please can we have no chocolate bars or sweets in the children’s lunches.

 

Drop off and pick up

Drop off

When you drop your child off in the morning the front door will be locked for safeguarding purposes.  Please can we ask you to ring the bell when you arrive and a staff member will let you in.  Only staff members are to lock and unlock the front door.  When you are ready to leave please can you let a member of staff know so that they can come and let you out and then lock the door after you.  Can we ask that you do not let yourself out as the door must be locked after you, and also that parents do not let other parents in and out as staff members are responsible for making sure the door is always locked.

When you drop off in the morning please note that if your child is down to start at 9 o clock we will not be able to let you into the main hall until this time.  You are welcome to come in and wait in the lobby with your child until this time but we cannot let you into the main hall.

Pick up

At pick up time we will have all the children on the carpet in the main hall ready to go home.  Parents must wait in the lobby for their child to be handed over.  A staff member will be at the inner door to hand them over to you.  Please can we ask you to wait in the lobby and not try to come into the main hall as this helps with a smoother hand over.

 

Prompt pick up

When you are collecting your child from Playgroup please can we ask you to be respectful of other users who may be in the hall at the same time as us.  On a Tuesday there is a bridge club in the side room.  We would be grateful if you could collect your child quietly and promptly so as not to disturb them.  There are also other groups who are waiting on some days to come into the hall directly after us so prompt pick up is really important.

 

Parking

The church has kindly allowed us to continue to park in the car park next door but this is only for drop off and pick up.  We are unable to leave cars there during the session.  Can we please ask everybody to be especially careful when driving into and out of the carpark as well as watching your children when cars are moving as the space is small and there is not a lot of room to move around.  Please also be aware of the white posts they have put in to stop cars driving on the grass.

 

Show and Tell

Last year we introduced a show and tell bag that we send home in turn with the children so that they can bring something in from home to share at carpet time if they would like to.  Toys from home bought in all the time can be a distraction from your child’s enjoyment of being at playgroup.  Last year we introduced the show and tell bag so that all children in turn have the opportunity to share something with their friends at carpet time. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Of course if your child needs a settling toy or blanket they can bring these in and they can be kept in their bag or drawer where we can find them if needed.

 

Thank you for your patience and your continued support.  We look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

Lisa, Emma, Cara and Harrietxx xx


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Bags for schools

DATE: 29th July 2018

Bags for schools has raised £ 162 over the year. Keep bringing in your unwanted clothes, and easy way to fundraise and clear the house out.


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Easter Party

DATE:

Easter Party raised £205 with kids activities, food and a raffle. Egg hunting, painting and rolling. Hot dogs and cakes.


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Conker Crossing

DATE:

Conker Crossing community consultaion raised £25 providing tea and coffee for their open day.


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Welly Wanging

DATE:

Welly Wanging at the local Primary School’s Summer Fayre rated £60.


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Summer Party

DATE:

The playgroup’s end of year Summer Party raised £235 with a craft led theme and BBQ.


Generous donations

DATE:

With a few generous donations we managed to hit our total of £1000 for fundraising this year. We plan to invest this in a permanent gazebo to allow kids to enjoy the outside in most weather conditions.


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Bathampton Christmas Fayre

DATE: 22nd November 2017

Playgroup will have a stand at this year’s Bathampton Christmas Fayre, on Saturday 25th November 10am-2pm. A collection box for prize donations will be in the foyer of playgroup, we would be enormously grateful for any toy donations or for any help you can offer on the day. If you would like to get involved please do let us know.

 

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Halloween Fundraiser

DATE:

Big thank you, to all the parents and children who came and helped out at our Halloween Fundraiser. We raised a whopping £118, which will be used to fund new equipment for the children and we couldn’t have done this without your support!

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Bathampton Village Show

DATE: 21st September 2017

The playgroup raised £72 by hosting a craft tent in the playground during the show.
Children were encouraged to get creative with yarn pompoms, masks, beads and numerous activities.
There was even a nature trail and hungry caterpillar hunt around the playgroup.

Keep an eye out for future Village Show fundraising events (http://www.bathamptonvillageshow.co.uk/)


Harbutts Plastacine Celebration

DATE:

The playgroup raised £285 serving Tea, coffee and cakes for the recent Bathampton plasticine event in the Village Hall.
Children had the opportunity to create plasticine models and lean about animation.

Supported by the Museum of Bath at Work https://www.bath-at-work.org.uk/ the evening concluded with screenings of Wallace and Gromit movies.


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Our 50th Birthday Celebration raised £482 and saw a great turn out from the local community

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A special thankyou to the 28th Bathampton Scout group who helped us run the event http://www.bathamptonscouts.org/. A bouncy castle, ball pit, cinema, puppet show, soft play area and several fayre games.

We also had use of the neighbouring Methodist Church where we turned the car park into a kid’s driving track with chalk roads, diddy scooters and hay bales to navigate.

Volunteers from the church and playgroup helped make the event run smoothly and serve plenty of Tea, coffee, cake and burgers/hotdogs.


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Celebrating our 50th Birthday on 13th May 2017

DATE: 13th April 2017

In order to help celebrate our 50th Birthday in May we are trying to compile a list of previous staff/pupils and testimonies so we can put them in a magazine to help commemorate the occasion.

If you are able to help us with this I’m asking if you could give me a a short description

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Garden project update; Lottery grant success!!

DATE: 7th July 2015

‘We are very excited to announce we have received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, to improve the outdoor space of the Village Hall and the learning environment for the Playgroup, lots of work is scheduled to be done. Thank you to all that helped with our garden project so far, later this year we hope to add more to the ongoing project, watch this space! ‘


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Extending hours from January 2016

DATE: 1st January 2016

Exciting news, From January 2016 we will be extending our hours to include a new session on a Friday morning 8:30/9 – 12pm. A big thank you to the Village Hall and Yoga group for kindly making this possible.


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Warleigh Lodge Farm

DATE: 7th July 2015

On Monday 6th July the children, staff and a few parents enjoyed a trip to Warleigh Lodge Farm. The sun was shining and we were able to explore the farm with Farmer Julian and his wife. We began with a big run across the fields, then paddled in a stream and ended up at an enormous hollow tree that the children were able to climb inside. Farmer Julian thinks the tree may be around 500 years old. He then took us all on a tractor ride back to the farm. The children partook in various activities including feeding the lambs, feeding and collecting eggs from the chickens, grooming the donkeys and feeding the goats. We also saw the pigs and their piglets. We ended the trip eating our lunch in the barn and having a sing song of Old Macdonald had a farm. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.


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Little Zoo

DATE: 8th July 2015

Playgroup enjoyed once again our annual visit from the Little Zoo. The children were able to see, touch and even hold a number of animals they would not normally encounter. They were delighted to meet Baby Surgess the Meerkat, Cepen the African Pygmy Hedgehog, Al Barney the Barn Owl, Sid the Royal Python, Harry the Tarantula who they all got to high five! and Dillis the 3 banded Armadillo, who delighted us all by running around on her tiptoes. The children were impeccably behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.


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Early Years Pupil Premium

DATE: 1st April 2015

From April 2015 the Government will be providing extra funding for 3 year olds from lower income families to help them to do their very best. This is called the Early Years Pupil Premium. We as a setting will be able to claim extra money to help support your child in their learning if you are eligible to apply. more more details, please click here to for the Early Years Pupil Premium letter.

Watch this space, more details to follow!


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Table Top Sale!

DATE: 15th May 2015

Our most recent fund raising event is the Table Top Bonanza! Are you interested in a table or do you fancy a bargin, then come along. We have quite a few people showing interest in having a table, and a Phoenix Cards representative confirmed, so do let me know if you would like to reserve a table.

Donations of toys and books for our toy sale are much appreciated. We will be asking for these donations nearer the time.

Sellers: A £5 donation to Playgroup for a table (any further donations optional), set up from 9am.

Watch this space, more details to follow!

Update

Thank you also to all of you who helped out at the table top sale and to those of you who supported this event. We have booked a trip (with the money raised) to Warleigh Lodge Farm.

Thank you


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Christmas Party

DATE: 9th December 2014

Our Christmas party will take place on Saturday 13th December this year. There will be lots of fun activities for the children to take part in.

Donations of toys and books for our toy sale are much appreciated. We will be asking for these donations nearer the time.

Update

A big big thank you to everyone involved in the Christmas party, from the organising, helping out on the day, all the donations, and everyone who came along with their families and spent money!!

We raised about £250!, so we have met our target for a mobile cloakroom unit, this will help staff a great deal, thank you.


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Ofsted – Good rating!

DATE: 9th August 2014

Playgroup was paid a visit from the Ofsted inspector during the last week of term and we are very happy to say that we have been awarded a good rating which is a grade up from our last inspection. This is down to the hard work and dedication from staff, committee and parents both past and present. One area we scored highly on was “having a strong parent partnership” so thank you to all those who have helped out and volunteered and thank you to anyone who was quizzed by the inspector on the day. The full report can be viewed here, click on the lastest report.


Volunteer Garden Day, please help?

DATE: 9th July 2014

One of our outdoor projects is to create a new learning area for the children at the top corner of the village hall garden.

We are having a volunteer garden day on Sunday 13th July from 12:30pm to clear the overgrown area, to see what space we have to play with!

Experienced tree surgeon, James Nash, will be advising us and I’ll be bringing a shredder, which will hopefully minimise some of the waste.

If you can get away from the little ones, even for half an hour, all help would be great and very much appreciated!!

Bring your garden gloves, secateurs, pruning saws, spades, forks, rakes, green bins and lots of community spirit !

Update

During term 6 we were successful in receiving a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to improve the outdoor space at the Village Hall, the work has been done over the holidays, we have new steps, fences, paving areas and an area of artificial grass!!, it all looks great! we have more ideas to follow to improve it further! Thank you to everyone involved in the transformation!


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Bathampton School is having an open day for prospective parents

DATE: 9th June 2014

Its a great chance to have a look round the school, meet teachers, and ask any questions you may have.

In addition, Mrs Kirby is visiting the pre school children at the playgroup on the 18th June from 9.30 onwards.

If this is your first time through the school admissions process, applications for September 2015, are usually submitted from October ’14, with a closing date, by the end of January 2015. (TBC)

The best place to look is on the BANES website, where there are links to information booklets, to help answer all questions. Click here .


Auction of Promises

DATE: 9th July 2016

We are holding an Auction of Promises on Saturday May 17th at Bathampton Village Hall. Doors will open at 7:00pm and the Auction will start at 7:30pm Tickets are £3.50, free glass of wine for every guest! If you would like to reserve a ticket, please email Chloe. Email chloe@yandell.org

We have received many generous donations from local businesses, members of the community and parents, and more are yet to come!, Thank you to all. Here is a selection of the promises up for auction!!

  • 10 week Water Babies course.
  • 6 month pass The Toll Bridge.
  • A weekend break at Atlantic Reach, Cornwall.
  • A Polka dot party kit and a personalised keepsake picture of their choice from Feather Grey.
  • 2 seats on a Scarper Tour to Stonehenge. Tour includes the Stonehenge entrance fee.
  • 2 tickets for a Saturday Performance at The Egg Theatre.
  • Dry Arch vegetable box delivered to your door.
  • Back massage from Hands on Health.
  • A free term of Rugby Tots lessons including free registration fee and free kit and water bottle.
  • Bottle of Champagne.
  • Chimney sweep and log burner install survey from Chimney Knowledge
  • One to one twitter master-class or personal social media audit from Social i.
  • Baby sitting

Update

The Auction of promises was a huge success and we reached our target of £1000, which will be going towards improving the children’s outdoor environment – more information on this new project – coming soon!

Thank you to all involved in organising the event, our generous donations from local businesses and parents, and of course everyone who attended the event and helped us raise funds!


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Visit to Dry Arch

DATE: 9th July 2014

We also hope to take the children in small groups up to the dry arch to have a walk around and to do some bark rubbings and maybe some planting and to have a story there in their recycled house. We then plan to get the children involved in making a map of their walk there and also building some interesting things of their own out of junk modelling.

Update

On Tuesday the children and staff at playgroup and a few parent helpers thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Dry Arch. The children were told a little bit about the Dry Arch Community Growers and then set off to explore the place in little groups. They were able to water the vegetables, pick and smell and feel the different herbs growing in the rockery, meet and feed the pigs (we tried to think of names for the piglets and the most popular choices were Peppa and George!), and they also did bark rubbing. After a good explore the children enjoyed a story and a well earned drink of the Dry Arches very own apple juice. This went down well!

The children all seemed to enjoy themselves as did the staff so we will be visiting again soon.


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Starting school in September?

DATE: 9th June 2014

We will also be carrying on with our special learning sessions for our pre-school children to help prepare them for starting school. These will be short sessions and will focus on letters and sounds involving stories, singing, rhymes and games. We will also practice things like putting on shoes and coats and the all important ‘sitting still on the carpet. Jill and I recently met with the reception teacher at Bathampton Primary School to discuss next year’s intake. We know you have not heard yet about school allocations but we have arranged to take the children who get a place at Bathampton down for a visit at some point later in the term in small groups. If you have any questions about this please ask. For Bathampton Primary School website, Click here.


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Sports Day with Rugby Tots !

DATE: 15th July 2014

Paul Hurley Lead Coach with Rugby Tots, Bath will be leading our fun sports day event this year, In the field opposite Playgroup, we are extremely grateful for his offer, should be lots of fun! Details to follow! To find out more about Rugby Tots go to www.rugbytots.co.uk

Update

On a hot summers day in the last week of term the children at Bathampton Playgroup enjoyed their annual Sports Day which was very kindly run by Paul Hurley of Rugby Tots. An audience made up of parents and one Ofsted Inspector watched as the children took part in a number of team activities. After a warm up they ran, jumped, weaved and balanced their way around the playing field cheered on by staff and parents. The children thoroughly enjoyed their sports day and Paul was a great hit with them. Thank you so much to him for running it for us. We are looking forward to his next visit.


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Little Zoo

DATE: 24th March 2014

We are looking forward to a visit from the Little Zoo on Wednesday 24th March. They will be with us for about an hour and will bring animals such as a barn owl, a meercat, a skunk, an armadillo, and a snake for the children to meet. We would be grateful for any extra help on this day for the hour that they are here (10.15-11.15). Thank you for all of you who helped to raise money for this visit from the last coffee morning. It should be an exciting morning.

Update

Everyone enjoyed our visit from Little Zoo, meeting the animals and learning about them and their environments, Thanks to the Little Zoo team!

We met, Cepen the African Pygmy Hedgehog, Dillis the 3 banded Armadillo, Surgess the Meercat, Al Barny the Barn Owl, and Elvis the Skunk!’


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World Book Day

DATE: 5th March 2016

On Wednesday 5th March one of our Moms will be coming in to read her book Baby Badgers Wonderful Night to the children for world book day. If any of your children would like to dress up as their favourite book character this week please feel free to let them or they could simply bring in their favourite story to share with us.


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Banes Big Breakfast

DATE: 5th March 2014

Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 4th March and we are hoping to host a Porridge Morning on Monday 10th March as part of a Banes Big Breakfast initiative to promote the importance of a healthy and nutritious breakfast. More details will follow…


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‘Share’ a Bear – Paddington

DATE: 18th February 2014

We will continue to welcome Paddington to playgroup. Your child will have a turn to take Paddington home and can record his stay at your house in an accompanying scrapbook. A simple recount of a family activity, maybe a photograph and/or a drawing is perfect. We look forward to finding out what fun you have at home!

For more pictures go to our NEW bear’s adventures page, click here